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Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by emjayne, Sep 29, 2016.
One of my mini lops had a miscarriage about 5 days ago but is now nesting . Is this normal ?
Was she due 5 days ago? How many did she miscarry? Possible only one died, and the rest are getting ready to pop out?
Another possibility is that she is having a false pregnancy. I have a rabbit that has went thru 2 false pregnancies. If they are near a buck, sometimes their hormones go wacky & they act as if they are pregnant. All the way down to ripping out their fur and building their nest. Even eating/ drinking patterns are changed.
She miscarried 2 she would be due in a few days she is in in her own cage inside the male is outside she is still eating and drinking the same .. but is pulling out her hair and building a nest .
She is probably still pregnant with the rest of the litter. Rabbits can have litters of up to 12 kits, so the two she miscarried may not have been the whole litter.
There's nothing 'normal' about a miscarriage, so anything is possible. She may have only lost the kits from one side, and still be pregnant on the other (though I rather doubt it). Her hormones are all out of whack, so she may only now be getting the signal that inspires nest making. I've had many does that have pulled fur for days after delivery, especially during cool weather.
Rabbit does don't go into "heat" like a lot of other animals do, but they do experience hormonal peaks and valleys. Sometimes a non-pregnant doe will pull fur when she hits a peak; lots of breeders have learned to recognize that as a signal that the doe "wants to be bred;" or rather, that it's a good time to breed her because she most likely will get pregnant and have a good-sized litter (rabbit breeding is not always as simple as some would have you believe!) Some does only pull a mouthful or two, others may really go to town. More than a few breeders have been frustrated and exasperated by having a doe pull her coat ragged just before a show in which she's entered.
IME, miscarrying a litter is a pretty unusual thing; I've only seen it happen a few times. You may never know what caused this.